Nautical Goodies, Liz Sneak Peek, Jimmy Choo & Hunter Wellies are BFFs

Happy Weekend!

Today we start off with a few brief headlines, all of them SOTTs (Signs of the Times), none of them bringing a smile to the Prepatorium.

  • Say goodbye to Country Homes magazine; it is going the way of O at Home and Cottage Living. Waaaahhhhh!
Country Home magazine

Country Home magazine

  • The retail earnings data came out yesterday and it is beyond dreary. All of TP’s favorite retailers struggled, along with a not-so-favorite establishment, Macy’s.  The arrogant dolts that blew off the proud heritage of Marshall Field’s company announced they are closing eleven stores; click here for the list.
  • will stop selling online within the next sixmonths, instead switching to a “magazine format” specializing in luxury goods.

But will we allow these headlines to drag us down here at Princess HQ?  Not on your life.  In fact, we are going to share a few nautical goodies that have caught our eye of late, starting with this Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper at Saks.

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Gold Rush Outfitters Infant Romper

Next, and in honor of the inimitable Nautical by Nature we present the Rogues Gallery Sailing polo at one of TP’s favorite online haunts, Gargyle.

Here is a piece we absolutely adore from a line we love, the Nantucket Rainbow Fleet Collection:

We know that if another water baby, the Landlocked Mermaid, were buying the plates, she would also include the mugs. She’s just that way – if you are going to do something, then do it properly, of course. (Tee-hee!)

You can gaze at these pieces, and more, by toddling over to visit L’Ile de France, aka the French General Store.  All of their Quimper is simply gorgeous.


Many Isaac Mizrahi fans are just starting to cope with the harsh reality of his departure from their local and online Boutique Tarszhay stores. With goodies like this Melton Coat in Pink Glow at Target, how could we not be depressed by his move to Liz Claiborne?! (We’re also considering this as today’s Pretty in Pink offering.)

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

Isaac Mizrahi for Target®

We admit to being curious about his new designs for Liz; today we share a few early looks as seen in this story in WWD earlier this week.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

Above, a look we’re just kind of so-so on, but then we have never been big on orange, even at the beach.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

We do find the more tailored designs more appealing than the casual pieces.

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

If going the beach route, we probably would do Lilly Pulitzer rather than the blue and white design below, despite the higher price point on the front end. TP believes the Lilly look would outlast the Claiborne dress…oui?

John Aquino

PHOTO: John Aquino

In all candor, we have not purchased Liz in we-don’t-know-how-long, so it would take a great look to coax us back to the line.  It doesn’t mean we are opposed to seeing the new designs, as we do adore Mr. Mizrahi.


Still looking for the perfect pair of wellies for stomping about the estate? If you are a Jimmy Choo fan, you are in luck. Hunter Boots is partnering with the renowned shoe designer, and Vivre Magazine shows us the result below.

Courtesy Vivre

Courtesy Vivre

They are Jimmy Choo’s first entry into rainboots. We think we’ll keep the ones we have.

But when it comes to dress boots, we think the Ninol in black patent has merit. We fell onto them (in a cyber manner of speaking) at the Jimmy Choo site – on sale at 50% off!


Knowing the trauma inflicted upon the Third Coast Preppy household as a result of their proximity to a certain person occupying a certain Gubernatorial position (well, he’s still there as of this writing), we thought it important she learn a little more about her neighbor and his hair styling prowess.  (Heh-heh-heh.)

Now this is not brand-new information, and it really shouldn’t be referred to as news, for you do know what we used to say back when doing teevee news…? “If it’s news, it’s news to us.”

So here is the inside scoop on how Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich handles that hair….

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

PHOTO: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

… compliments of this story in the IHT (International Herald Tribune):

“… Blagojevich, 52, rarely turns up for work at his official state office in Chicago, former employees say, is unapologetically late to almost everything… cursing and erupting in fury for failings as mundane as neglecting to have at hand at all times his preferred black Paul Mitchell hairbrush. He calls the brush ‘the football,’ an allusion to the ‘nuclear football,’ or the bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president.”

Aha – the Paul Mitchell brush! There you have it. f course it’s too soon to tell if today’s impeachment vote will impact his personal grooming habits. (Ewww…!)

And on that note Prepettes, we say adieu.


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13 responses to “Nautical Goodies, Liz Sneak Peek, Jimmy Choo & Hunter Wellies are BFFs

  1. Let me just say again that I love your daily posts! Your style of writing makes Preppy 101 very happy – always brings a smile to my face. I am with you on the Liz Claiborne deal – Isaac may have lost me 😦 That first design – a la orange, yellow, etc. – looks like something right out of an Arabian Nights tale. . . Not for P101 at all. And Country Living gone. . . is it the economy or is it a coincidental chain of events that causes one to blame the economy when in reality is it that people are using online info more than the hard copy magazines??

  2. I can’t get over Blagojevich’s Hair! Awful! The Frenchie Sailboat plates are to die for! And the Cover of Country Homes is my Dream room!!

  3. Must find reason to buy the Jimmy Choo boots at 50%!

    I am thinking Paul Mitchell does not want the governor’s endorsement 😉

  4. Maureen

    As for Blago we will see how his hair is when he is impeached by the State Senate. He showed up late to the 2 pm news conference he had here in the Chicago area.
    The news keeps showing the office he is supposed to use in Springfield but he rarely goes down there.

  5. I am missing Isaac already. Target will never be the same without him.
    Ooh, and those Wellies are really nice.

  6. The Nantucket Rainbow Fleet Collection will be mine (though I may have to wait until next Christmas!)

  7. I draw the line at the Jimmy Choo wellies . . . people do realize that wellies are meant for tramping through the countryside and mucking around horses?? Heavens.

    And, Target aficionado that I am, how did I miss Mizrahi’s departure? Sigh.

  8. This entire issue about the Country Living mag going away like the others has me worried! I love my glossies & hope that this will be the last to succumb to the economic times for at least a year or so.

    And Target losing Mizrahi? Sad. I will be most unlikely to ever buy a Liz Claiborne outfit, so I must say goodbye…

  9. Wonderful post! Where is that navy coat with the white stripes from?

  10. Hi from a fellow princess! Great finds!

  11. Those plates are darling. Im going to miss Cottage Living, growing up I would take my mom’s after she read it and tore out my favorites. They were than and placed in a folder labeled my future house. My mom still had the folder.

  12. TCP

    Oh, I think we *need* that little romper for the new arrival! Perfect for this summer, yes?

  13. The Hair! The Hair! Won’t it be interesting to see how that hair survives prison?

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